It is our team that keeps campers coming back to Camp Beausite year after year. They are picked with care not only for their skills, but for their personality and ability to treat everyone with understanding, compassion, and respect. They are well trained to meet the personal needs of our campers and to ensure their health and safety. Our team is comprised of: Administrators; Senior Staff; Counselors; Medical Staff; Volunteers; and our Board of Directors. All are integral to the whole that is "Camp Beausite NW".
Senior Staff - Red Shirts
Director: Dr. Claudia Edmondson - I have a doctorate in special education, a M.S. in vocational rehabilitation counseling, and 18+ years of experience in the field of disabilities in various positions. However, none of the work I have done over the years has been more rewarding than that as a program manager and director at camps for persons with disabilities. I know the work our team does truly makes a positive difference in the lives of those we serve, in our own lives, and in our community.
Director of Programs: Cheryl Smith - As the mother of a child with special needs and who understands that all human beings of all abilities can live full, happy lives if provided sufficient opportunities, encouragement, and support, I am thrilled to join the team at Camp Beausite NW as Assistant Director. I have more than 20 years experience in non-profit program development and management, am a published writer, and have a bachelor of science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. A lover of animals, I am also a certified therapeutic riding instructor through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int’l (PATH).
The following positions are yet to be filled for 2017. Look for job announcements in January.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Assistant Camp Coordinator
Recreation/Art Program Leader
Food Services Manager
Counselors - Blue Shirts
Each year we hire up to 17 counselors. Most of them are college students. Many are working toward degrees in the health care and social service fields. Our counselors are responsible for leading campers in activities, helping at mealtimes, aiding campers with ADLs (dressing, bathing, eating, etc), and assuring that campers have the time of their lives! They are well trained on various topics to ensure the health and safety of the campers, including First Aid and CPR. Our counselors come from all over the country. Several started with us right out of high school, and have been coming back for up to 6 years. To watch our counselors work with the campers is truly an unbelievable experience. The patience, kindness, compassion, and respect they show each and every camper is awe inspiring.
Our medical staff includes a licensed RN on duty 24 hr. a day for each session of camp, who operates under the supervision of a licensed physician.
Camp would not happen without our dedicated volunteers. They come to camp from various counties, including Jefferson, Clallam, Pierce, and Kitsap. They give of their time, their energy, their money, and their hearts. They are vital to our camp operation and assist in multiple ways, including: serving on the Camp Board, assisting with camp activities, night-time entertainment, food service, laundry, maintenance, and fund raising activities.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is vital to our team. It is comprised of 12-15 professionals from various walks of life. They volunteer countless hours in the guidance and support of the Executive Director in regard to the direction, development, and implementation of camp operations; they assume the fiduciary responsibilities for the camp; and they provide hands-on assistance in various ways, including fund raising activities, participating in work parties to maintain the camp property, and individually in facility maintenance projects and camp operation tasks. Camp Beausite's Board Members are all dedicated and passionate about fulfilling the mission of Camp Beausite NW.